Introduction

FPV racing is fast, fun and uses some of the coolest tech on the planet. It can, however, seem a little intimidating at first. That's why we created this webpage. Here you can find the essential info you need to get a successful start in FPV racing. We're talking equipment basics, explanations of FPV technology, how to build a racer and more.

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FPV HEADSETS (A.K.A. GOGGLES)

FPV headsets are the most common way pilots view FPV video from their racer's on-board camera and video transmitter. They are worn like googles and have video displays for each eye. This video will help you choose the type of headset that's right for you.

FPV Cameras and Video Transmitters

These go on an FPV racer and feed live video to the pilot's headset or monitor. This video walks you through the basics of camera/transmitter technology like signal output and range, field of view and more.

FPV ANTENNAS

FPV video transmitters and headsets require specialized antennas to ensure maximum signal range and security. In this video our expert describes the different types of antennas and which are best for specific equipment or racing conditions.

RADIO CONTROL TRANSMITTERS

The radio control transmitter is what the pilot uses to control the flight path of an FPV racer. Spektrum™ radio control transmitters use exclusive 2.4GHz technology that provides superb control response and interference protection, especially in the "noisy" signal environment of an FPV race.

Getting it Together

Basic Components and Systems

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  •  A 
    X FRAME

    This is the foundation. It's where you mount the camera, motors and other electronics.

    X Frame
  •  B 
    Flight Controller

    Its stability sensors, processors and firmware govern the flight path of the racer.

    Flight Controller
  •  C 
    Power Distrubution Board

    Safely distributes power to all motors and on-board electronics

    Power Distrubution Board
  •  D 
    Quad Race Receiver

    Safely distributes power to all motors and on-board electronics

    Quad Race Receiver
  •  E 
    Motors

    You will need four motors. These are the ideal size and power for the Theory X.

    Motors
  •  F 
    Propellers

    These 5 inch propellers give you thrust and durability in one package.

    Propellers
  •  G 
    ESC

    You need separate ESCs for each motor. This gives you all you need in one package.

    ESC
  •  H 
    Battery

    Powers the motors and electronics through the power distribution board.

    Battery
  •  I 
    FPV Camera

    Designed to provide the resolution and field of view necessary for high-speed racing.

    FPV Camera
  •  J 
    Video Transmitter

    Connects to the on-board camera and sends images to the pilot's headset or monitor.

    Video Transmitter
  •  K 
    Antenna

    Only one required. Connects to the video transmitter.

    Antenna

FPV Racing Glossary

Radio

This is another name for the hand-held radio control transmitter a pilot uses to control the flight path of an FPV racer.

Frame

The foundation of an FPV racer. It's where you mount the camera, motors and other FPV electronics. Racing frames are typically identified by size (i.e. 220mm)

Flight Controller

The brain of an FPV racer. Its sensors, firmware and processor(s) govern the flight path of the racer and translate the radio inputs. It connects to the receiver, power distribution board and motor ESCs.

POWER DISTRIBUTION BOARD

Typically has a 3S-4S battery input. Safely distributes power to all of the on-board electronics.

VIDEO TRANSMITTER

Commonly referred to as a 'VTX', this connects to an FPV camera and sends video signals to the pilot's headset or monitor. Almost all video transmitters use a 5.8GHz signal and are compatible with the most popular headsets and monitors

RECEIVER

Receives control inputs from the pilot's radio and sends them to the flight controller. Most FPV racing receivers are "serial" receivers that send all information to the flight controller over a single connector.

ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROLLER

FPV racers have separate ESCs for each motor (usually 4). They are connected to the flight controller which individually adjusts the speed of each motor to execute pilot commands and stabilize the racer in flight.

HEADSET (GOGGLES)

The most common way racing pilots view FPV video from their on-board camera and video transmitter. They are worn like googles and have video displays for each eye.

RACEBAND

A special 5.8GHz video band used by FPV racers for competition. It provides more space between video transmitter frequencies so as many as 6 to 8 pilots can race at once without interference.

MONITOR

A stand-alone display screen for viewing FPV video. Frequently cheaper than a headset, it makes it easier for pilots to maintain visual contact with their aircraft and let bystanders see what they see.

CLEANFLIGHT

The most popular flight controller software on the market. Using the Cleanflight programming interface, pilots can fine tune the flight characteristics of their model with a PC or mobile device.

TRANSPONDER

A microchip attached to an FPV quadcopter that uses either Radio-frequency identification (RFID) or Infrared (IR) transmission to record lap times.

FPV Quickstart Solutions

If you're not quite ready for the racing scene but still want to give FPV a try, these FPV drones can have you up and flying in no time. They come assembled and flight ready with an FPV camera and video transmitter installed.

Available With

  • RC Transmitter
  • FPV Video Display
  • Flight Batteries
  • All in one box

Other Quickstart Options